recording of Summa Theologica, Prima Pars, Questions 1-26, by Thomas Aquinas. Read by Jim Ruddy.
The Summa Theologica (or the Summa Theologiae or simply the Summa, written between 1265 and 1274) is the most famous work of Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225–1274) although it was never finished. It was intended as a manual for beginners as a compilation of all of the main theological teachings of that time. It summarizes the reasonings for almost all points of Christian theology in the West, which, before the Protestant Reformation, subsisted solely in the Roman Catholic Church. The Summa's topics follow a cycle: the existence of God, God's creation, Man, Man's purpose, Christ, the Sacraments, and back to God.(Summary adapted from the Wikipedia)
This is part one of the Prima Pars (first part, or volume), consisting of the Initial Questions.
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Donald R Miller
November 13, 2013
Saint Thomas would be appalled.
The reader alternates between doing a very good job to do an extremely bad (and annoying) one. When he reads the answers, he does a fine job. But he reads the questions as if it is being asked by someone incredibly stupid. Indeed when I first heard it, I caught only the questions part and thought it was a blasphemer mocking Aquinas. I wondered why anyone would spend all that time and effort to do that.
I suppose the reason the reader does this is because he wants to stack the deck, that is to say someone who isn't a believer is profoundly stupid. It doesn't work, AT ALL. Aquinas wrote a work that is intended to be a serious document. It's ruined by this very bad decision on the reader's part. I find it unlistenable for that reason. If only he had read the entire work with the same gravitous. :(